Department of Business
Bachelor of Science International Development
A major in International Development Studies prepares students to understand the challenges that developing nations face to achieve improved living conditions for their inhabitants. In our courses, we emphasize how development is shaped by the intersections of politics, economy, social and political power, and culture at global, national, and regional levels. Our majors acquire a critical understanding of environmental vulnerabilities and socio-economic inequalities in the developing world, grounded in an appreciation of global history
Upon completion of this concentration, students will have met a number of learning objectives, including the ability to:
- Define and understand central concepts of international development, including measurement of development, actors, theoretical approaches, and the history and trajectory of the field.
- Gain a greater ability to apply knowledge and analysis to specific development contexts and cases in order to evaluate the strengths and limitations of theoretical approaches, programs, and projects.
- Evaluate the merits of different approaches to international development on the basis of values at stake, including ethical, political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications.
- Have a working understanding of the causes and implications of a range of global environmental challenges and of different forms of response.
- Analyze the main problems related to diseases and health in international relations and development policy, as well as international efforts to control the spread of disease.
Master of Science in International Development
MSc International Development offers a coherent and interdisciplinary grounding in the core aspects of international development theory, policy and practice. The course is designed for social science graduates, or for those working in a wide range of development organisations both internationally and within developing countries. It aims to blend theory and practice and seeks to explain policy behavior through an integrated approach, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives.
M.Sc. International Development is both a course in its own right and an umbrella structure that houses a range of more specialized master’s courses, each of which explores a key dimension of international development under four broad thematic headings:
- global political economy
- governance and management
- poverty and inequality
- the environment
The course is ideal if you’re looking to learn more about developing countries, would like to gain the skills and capacity to think critically about development, and/or are interested in studying a truly interdisciplinary course.
This course will
- Provide rigorous interdisciplinary training to equip you with a critical understanding of the theory and practice of international development.
- Provide you with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to analyze effectively different perspectives on international development.
- Provide critical insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote international development.
- Develop professionally-oriented skills through optional courses in areas such as policy analysis, planning and managing development, and poverty reduction.
- Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to international development.
- Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organizing and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication.
- Assist you in developing your specialist area of expertise within international development, and applying your understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.
PhD in International Development
The doctoral program in International Development is designed as an interdisciplinary approach that combines theoretical rigor with strong applied skills. The nexus of the program is the dual orientation of both practical and theoretical approaches to understanding and participating in sustainable human development. The Ph.D. in International Development program has been written by practitioners of international development with experience in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Ph.D. students currently in the program are equally impressive with a wide variety of professional and academic experience. Each student brings a unique contribution to the program which lends itself to a dynamic learning environment.
The heart of the Ph.D. program is the relationship between the student and his or her Major Advisor, who serves in a mentoring role. Theirs should be a collaborative relationship, with the student contributing at times to the professional and scholarly goals of the Major Advisor, while pursuing his or her own research under the supervision and guidance of the Major Advisor.
Doctoral graduates will demonstrate the capacities to:
Formulate viable research questions; manage information, including conventional bibliographic and electronic information retrieval methods; and design, conduct, and report original research.
Show a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship.
Explore key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the relationship between the area of specialization and international development.
Apply research to refine the international development efforts of both governmental and non-governmental organizations, utilizing alternative approaches while being a “change agent”.
Articulate and communicate effectively, with skills in listening, speaking, and writing, in order to disseminate the results of research and scholarship to a variety of audiences.
Exhibit the knowledge of an informed professional about the chosen field of specialization, being able to evaluate the relevance and value of their research to international development.
Mentor others who are their juniors in the academic world in the foundational knowledge and skills of international development.
Achievement of these learning outcomes is measured by means of course assignments, evaluation of field experience, the doctoral qualifying examination, the doctoral dissertation with oral defense, and the mentoring of junior scholars.
Bachelor of Science in Business Degree
The concentration in Accounting provides students a broad-based view of relevant accounting concepts.
Graduates should be able to apply the basic responsibilities of accountants in assisting organizations in financial and economic based decisions.
Concentration Course Description
Graduates should be able to thoroughly describe the human resources needs of organizations, contribute to building effective human resources policies and programs, and offer recommendations for improvement.
Upon completion of this concentration, students should be able to contribute to building effective human resources policies and programs.
Transportation & Logistics
Concentration Course Description
DKA’s online program introduces how economics, finance, global air components, maritime, radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, reverse logistics, and ground transportation systems work together to support the global supply chain. You learn how to integrate planning, optimize monitoring, and enhance high-capacity delivery reliability using the latest software and methods.
- Individually analyze transportation, logistics, and supply chain management and identify the components of each from an operational perspective
- Examine political, regulatory, and legal issues impacting the transportation industry
- Explain the strengths and weaknesses of various forms of international transportation
- Understand how transportation impacts the economy, public systems, national and local infrastructure, and the environment
Knowledge of professional sales is a valuable addition to the skill set of anyone in the marketing profession—adding another dimension to their understanding of customer behavior, persuasion techniques, and the ability to make a tangible difference on a company’s bottom line. If you’d like to add a concentration in professional sales to your B.S. in marketing, you can complete nine credit hours of sales-specific courses: MKTG 3151, 3510, and 3580.
- Understand and communicate basic marketing concepts and the role of marketing within an organization, including the four Ps (product, price, place, promotion) and target markets.
- Define and implement ethical standards and policies of social responsibility, creating enduring relationships between firms and their clients for the general benefit of society as a whole.
- Understand the global nature of marketing and how to operate effectively in international settings.
- Use the marketing research process to define a problem or opportunity, design a research project, collect data, and analyze data to make appropriate and actionable marketing decisions.
- Apply theories and principles of consumer behavior to marketing decision-making.
- Synthesize internal and external information to create a marketing plan that aligns external forces with the core competencies of the firm.
- Actively manage a marketing strategy in a competitive environment.
By the time you’ve completed a bachelor’s in marketing, you’ll be ready to make a tangible contribution to any organization you serve—guiding consumer behavior, exercising your creativity, driving revenue, and leading your organization to a stronger future.
Banking and Finance
Concentration Course Description
Banking and Financing is the act of providing funds for business activities, making purchases or investing. Financial institutions and banks are in the business of financing as they provide capital to businesses, consumers and investors to help them achieve their goals.
As a Banking and Finance major, you will be taking a combination of both elective and required courses that will teach you to:
- Apply appropriate problem-solving methodologies to the analysis and solution of financial problems
- Explain the role of financial management in the business firm and in the public sector
- Explain the functioning of financial markets and the roles of financial institutions
- Communicate effectively using oral, written, and multimedia techniques
- Evaluate ethical issues and dilemmas related to banking and finance.
The Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship provides the business training needed to launch and grow a successful enterprise.
Students in the bachelor of entrepreneurship program gain knowledge of business planning, financing, marketing, management, information technology and consulting. You’ll learn how to apply this knowledge to new ventures, small enterprises and family businesses.
With an entrepreneurship degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:
- Evaluate and write business venture plans
- Identify and screen potential entrepreneurial opportunities
- Analyze economic conditions
- Unravel legal issues (establishing partnerships, incorporating, issuing IPOs, etc.)
- Consult with business owners
- Take the reins at a family business
- Create and manage e-commerce companies
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration with Concentration
The MBA with concentration option provides the leaders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a competitive business environment within specific industries. The program emphasizes critical and strategic thinking, business management skills, ethics, and real-world applications.
On completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
- Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
- Implement business concepts in a business environment.
- Evaluate operations and provide recommendations to improve performance.
The concentration in Accounting provides students an in-depth view of relevant accounting concepts.
On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to lead organization financial and economic based decisions.
Digital Marketing Concentration
The concentration in Digital Marketing is designed to provide greater study for marketing managers or those who want to enhance their career path with training in the world of marketing.
On completion of this concentration, students should be able to lead and manage organizations’ strategic marketing development in the digital economy.
Human Resources Concentration
The concentration in Human Resources is designed to provide greater study for human resources professionals or those who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the human resources area.
On completion of this concentration, students should be able to analyze an organization’s human resources needs and offer recommendations for comprehensive stabilization and/ or improvement.
Organizational Leadership Concentration
The concentration in Organizational Leadership prepares individuals to embrace significant leadership responsibilities in either the public or private sectors. Courses help students to understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in a leadership role.
On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to apply leadership principles to work with people and processes within a profit or not-for-profit organization.